Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

China: bachelor villages, kidnapped brides

Catholic World News - September 15, 2011

Two recent articles in the British press draw attention to one of the consequences of China’s one-child policy and preference for boys: “bachelor villages.”

Over the next two decades, up to 50 million men are expected to be unable to find wives. “I don't have any requirements at all,” said a 35-year-old farmer in a village with no women eligible for marriage. “I would be satisfied with just a wife.”

To help meet the growing demand for wives, thousands of Burmese women have been lured into China, kidnapped, and sold to rural men.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($20,911 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,088.73
60% 40%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Dan - Sep. 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    No worries, a significant portion of those 50 million bachelors will end up in the Chinese military, which will no doubt find plenty of interesting things for them to do.

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Sep. 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    And Vice-President Biden's position on China's one child policy is.......

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

New Ebook on Renewal and Evangelization 16 hours ago
More evidence that you can't trust the Pill 16 hours ago
Did Cardinal McCarrick compare Allah to the Trinity? 16 hours ago
An intriguing new Catholic publisher: Tuscany Press 17 hours ago
Calvary is a must-see Catholic film 21 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days